Fright night (1985)
Written by: DMG
Edited by: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Tom Holland
Producer: Herb Jaffe
Writer: Tom Holland
Date Released: August 2, 1985
Chris Sarandon as Jerry Dandrige
William Ragsdale as Charley Brewster
Amanda Bearse as Amy Peterson
Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent
Stephen Geoffreys as Edward “Evil Ed” Thompson
Jonathan Stark as Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding as Judy Brewster
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Fright Night (1985) is a story about a teenager who suspects that his neighbor is a vampire. After many failed attempts at contacting help, he attempts to recruit the help of a local TV horror host. When the host realizes that the teenager may be telling the truth, they must try to stop the neighbor before it is too late.
As this is a vampire film, there are a variety of scenes that show some blood, although it is very minimal. However, the special effects and make-up design work used for the vampire and his associates are well done and add a nice element to the film.
The Grave Review
The first thing I noticed about this film, is that Fright Night incorporates some of the old horror concepts. These concepts that we have grown familiar with about vampires include concepts such as a stake through the heart, a lack of the. Vampire’s reflection and their vulnerability to crosses. Since the inception of this film, there have been an abundance of interpretations in respect to vampires and their weaknesses. Incorporating these concepts make for a fun and classic feel that may not be part of modern films.
The acting was subpar but given that fright night would be considered by most to be a B-movie, this should be expected. At times, you may ask yourself whether you find the acting funny or outright annoying.
What the film excels in is its special effects work. The vampires are creepy and grotesque (at least when they show their true form).
Overall, Fright Night is a good film to watch and something you can enjoy if your looking for a classic horror flick.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Fright Night three and a half graves out of five graves.
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